By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 23 Comments
    Do You Really Need a Narcotic for Your Pain?

    For years, emergency departments have dispensed narcotic analgesics to ease acute pain. Now in the middle of an opioid epidemic, some experts are asking whether there might be safer ways to alleviate …

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2017 26 Comments
    What Is the Other Side of the Opioid Crisis?

    The opioid crisis keeps accelerating. While watching NBC News last night we saw yet another heartbreaking story about the devastating impact opioids are having across America. Three people in Dayton,…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2017 26 Comments
    Does Cannabis (Marijuana) Ease Nerve Pain or PTS…

    How well does marijuana work against pain or post-traumatic stress disorder? That is a question many patients and physicians would like answered. Now that opioids have been vilified, people in chronic…

    By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2017 25 Comments
    NSAID Gel Rescued A Vacation

    People in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Italy and many other countries have been able to buy topical NSAIDs for decades without a prescription. In the U.S. you can buy unlimited amounts of oral ibu…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2017 12 Comments
    How Good Is Aspirin Against Pain?

    Once upon a time doctors actually prescribed aspirin for headaches, backaches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other painful conditions. But once non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs…

    By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2017 11 Comments
    Is It True That Cannabidiol Oil Eases Pain?

    Could people in pain use a component of cannabis as an unexpected remedy? Anything related to marijuana is often regarded with suspicion because of widespread recreational use of the plant. Nonetheles…

    By: Joe Graedon June 8, 2017 28 Comments
    How To Stop Tramadol Without Withdrawal Symptoms…

    We have heard from hundreds of visitors to this website about the serious side effects of tramadol (Ultram). They include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, headache, drowsiness, dizzin…

    By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2017 15 Comments
    Can You Wreck Your Kidneys With NSAID Pain Relie…

    Most people take their kidneys for granted...until something bad happens. When your kidneys fail, though, your life hangs in the balance. Short of dialysis or a kidney transplant, kidney failure rapid…

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2017 49 Comments
    Really Bad News About Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Ot…

    People who are hurting are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Whether they're suffering from a bad back or arthritis, there aren't many medications that are effective. Now more bad …

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2017 279 Comments
    Serious Tramadol (Ultram) Side Effects & Wi…

    America is undergoing a massive opioid anxiety attack. It has been called an epidemic by lawmakers and the media. While many people used opioids responsibly for chronic pain, there has been substantia…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2017 21 Comments
    Ibuprofen Makes Life Bearable So Do Not Ban It!

    Pain is part of the human condition. Sometimes it can be useful, warning us to keep our hands away from flames and sharp tools. Recurrent or chronic pain is not helpful, but it can be extremely diffic…

    By: Joe Graedon March 20, 2017 78 Comments
    The Opioid Epidemic Has Hurt People In Chronic P…

    The headlines are nonstop. We are told that people are dying every day because of abuse of opioid analgesics. There are tragic stories about overdose deaths. This makes lawmakers want to crack down an…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2017 52 Comments
    Should We Ban Ibuprofen?

    A study published in the European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (April, 2017) reports that ibuprofen is associated with a 31% increased risk of cardiac arrest. Now some people are ask…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 88 Comments
    War On Opioids Punishes Desperate Pain Patients

    Watch the news on television or read a newspaper and you will likely see a story about the dangers of opioids. Here is just the latest sampling: "Lawmakers Seek Crackdown on Opioids" WRAL.com, Raleigh…

    By: Joe Graedon February 27, 2017 23 Comments
    Why Is Celecoxib Not Working and What Can People…

    Celebrex is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It was supposed to be easier on the stomach than other arthritis drugs. But questions about its heart health slowed sales over the last decade. We r…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 42 Comments
    Have You Had Problems with Generic Cymbalta (Dul…

    Brand name drugs like Cymbalta have become unaffordable for many patients. That's why most people are dispensed generic Cymbalta (duloxetine). We have received complaints that some generic formulation…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 8 Comments
    Will Medical Marijuana Ease Pain and Prevent Dem…

    Two of our most complicated and challenging health problems are nerve pain and dementia. The drugs we have are often woefully inadequate. That's why it is so intriguing to learn that ingredients in me…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2016 23 Comments
    Patient in Severe Pain Suddenly Cut Off from Vic…

    Much has been written over the last several months about the abuse of opioid narcotics. The FDA, CDC, DEA and other federal agencies have all been warning about opioid overdoses and deaths. But over …

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2016 23 Comments
    People in Agony Turn to Marijuana for Pain Relie…

    A year and a half ago the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) made it much harder for people in pain to access hydrocodone-containing pain relievers. By restricting access to medications like Lortab, Norco …

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2016 283 Comments
    How Will People in Severe Pain Cope Without Narc…

    The Feds Team up to get Doctors to Say No to Narcotics In the fall of 2014 the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) made it much harder for doctors to prescribe opioid analgesics. Hydrocodone (found …

    By: Joe Graedon March 24, 2016 89 Comments
    Will People in Pain Suffer Because of FDA’…

    The FDA has followed the lead of the CDC in cautioning doctors about prescribing opioid pain relievers. Short-acting narcotics will now come with boxed opioid warnings about misuse, abuse, addiction, …

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2016 9 Comments
    Is Medical Marijuana Helpful Against Chronic Pai…

    Far too many Americans suffer from ongoing pain. This is particularly a problem for older adults, as the accumulation of birthdays may also contribute to an increasing likelihood of conditions such as…

    By: Joe Graedon March 17, 2016 647 Comments
    What Will People in Severe Pain Do Now?

    The CDC has issued new guidelines (JAMA, March 15, 2016) that strongly urge doctors to stop prescribing narcotics to patients with chronic pain. This public health organization believes its mandate wi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 21, 2016 34 Comments
    Show 1021: If You Are in Pain, You Are Not Alone…

    Chronic pain is often invisible, but it undermines the quality of life of a hundred million Americans. Many of these people face a terrible dilemma: without medication, they suffer dreadfully. But if …

    By: Joe Graedon August 3, 2015 132 Comments
    Gabapentin for Pain Drove Patient to Brink of Su…

    How could a medicine that is supposed to relieve pain make someone suicidal? Turns out it happens far more often than most health professionals realize. If physicians and pharmacists do not warn patie…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2015 11 Comments
    Heartburn Drugs Don’t Protect Intestines f…

    Warning: This is a man bites dog story. In other words, it contradicts conventional wisdom. Physicians have long recognized that popular pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can harm th…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2014 13 Comments
    New Painkiller Rules Are Hurting Mother

    Q. My mother cannot drive due to painful degenerative rheumatoid arthritis. I have to take her to the doctor each month to get her prescription for her hydrocodone-containing painkiller even though sh…

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2014 6 Comments
    Popular Pain Relievers Boost Chance of Stroke

    A large epidemiological study has found that popular pain relievers increase the risk of death from stroke. Danish researchers analyzed the records of over 100,000 patients hospitalized with a first s…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2013 12 Comments
    Sham Knee Surgery Just As Good As The Real Thing

    It will come as a huge shock to both orthopedic surgeons and their patients to learn that a pretend surgical procedure was just as good as "arthroscopic partial meniscectomy" for meniscal tears. The r…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2013 149 Comments
    Could Your Antibiotic Cause You Permanent Nerve …

    Did you know that the FDA has issued a safety notification about a class of popular antibiotics called fluoroquinolones (FQs)? The announcement involves the following drugs: Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) Gemi…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2013 50 Comments
    Tart Cherries Fight Pain and Inflammation Natura…

    When most people experience pain they take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Physicians prescribe medications like celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), meloxicam (Mobic…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2013 26 Comments
    Aspirin vs. NSAIDs: Which Is Best?

    Q. You have pointed out the dangers of NSAIDs but offer absolutely no suggestion about the effectiveness of going back to aspirin, the drug of choice for many years. What does long-term use of aspirin…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2013 20 Comments
    Looking for Non-Drug Pain Relief

    Q. My doctor tells me that I can no longer take anti-inflammatory pain relievers for my arthritis because I have had stomach problems and my kidney function is not as good as it should be. I have give…

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2013 10 Comments
    Ibuprofen is NOT vitamin I

    Over-the-counter medicines are seductively available. There is no prescription needed to buy one, usually for a reasonable price. And you don't even have to go to the drugstore. Medicines like ibuprof…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2013 103 Comments
    Meloxicam (Mobic) Side Effects & Complicati…

    Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. Millions of people swallow ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc) and naproxen (Aleve) that they buy without …

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2012 1 Comments
    Yoga for Neck Pain

    Yoga may provide relief from chronic neck pain. The usual treatment for this condition is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or diclofenac, but such drugs can ca…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2012 9 Comments
    Chronic Pain Patients Less Susceptible to Addict…

    Narcotic painkillers such as morphine, fentanyl and oxycodone are considered highly addicting. Because of their abuse potential, the Drug Enforcement Administration requires physicians and pharmacists…

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2012 0 Comments
    Unconscious Bias Affects Pain Treatment

    Pediatricians may treat pain differently depending upon the race of the child. That's the conclusion from a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. The researchers surveyed 86 pediatrician…

    By: Terry Graedon March 15, 2012 3 Comments
    Metal on Metal Hips Fail More Often

    British researchers writing in the journal The Lancet report that metal on metal hip replacement devices fail more frequently than older implants made with a plastic socket and a plastic or metal ball…

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2012 6 Comments
    Music Helps Ease Pain

    Healers around the world have been using drums, tones and other forms of music in their rituals for centuries. Now investigators at the University of Utah have confirmed that music can help reduce sen…